Petroleum system analysis has been a major tool in petroleum geoscience and exploration – but can it help locate shale ‘sweet spots’ and thus increase production, reduce risk and minimize the environmental footprint?
Strike slip faults can extend for thousands of kilometres, and envelop many of the typical geological structures we use in basin exploration to define different petroleum play systems in particular in the tectonic evolution of East Africa.
An inventory of petroleum source rocks in the World’s major sedimentary basins show that six geological intervals in Earth's history generated over 90% of the World's conventional oil and gas discoveries.
Microfossils are key to understanding the evolution of life on earth. Demand in the petroleum industry for palynologists – experts in the study of these minute fossilised organisms – is suddenly running hot.
Rock folds are found in various shapes and sizes on Earth, and people are often amazed to see how large blocks of hard rocks have been folded like ocean waves. But fascination with folds is also shared by the petroleum industry. In Part I of this two-part article we unfold rock ‘folds’ to better understand their geometry and genesis.